Chris Newcomb, M.Div.
"Break on through to the other side, break on through to the other side!" Famous words sang by the late Jim Morrison of The Doors still played on radio stations across the globe today. The 'other side', of course, is up for debate as to what exactly Mr. Morrison et. al. were talking about. For the purposes of this article, the 'other side' will mean, "the opposite side of a problem, that is, the side wherein the solution is discovered, implemented, and success occurs."
Unfortunately, Jim Morrison's death has never been solved. Recently, one close friend of Morrison's suggested that he did not die of natural causes rather he never broke through to the other side of addiction to abstinence and recovery from heroin. He was only 27 when he died.
I have created what I call "The D.i.P.³ Method" as a fun way to remember how to break through to the other side of your problems. It is very simple and is comprised of 5 easy steps that can be repeated until success occurs and the other side approaches. Here they are: (note: application of these 5 principles may cause success and feelings of elation. Use often with reckless abandon!)
The D.i.P.³ Method
1. Dream - You must create a vision or dream of what you want to accomplish in your head and let it marinate in both your head and your heart until you believe it in your bones. Example: "I am clean from all drugs and alcohol." "I take care of myself everyday."
2. Instruct - Tell yourself your vision or dream every day...multiple times a day! Repetition is the mother of learning. It's also the mother of dream achievement. Example: Tell yourself a mantra such as "I am committed to sobriety today." "I am committed to my total health today."
3. Push - Fight the resistance. It will get tough. Punch back. Don't forget to block. Bloody noses don't feel good. "It matters what I do, not how I feel!" "This too shall pass!" "I can do whatever I put my mind to!"
4. Pull - If pushing doesn't work, try pulling. Think outside of the box. Look for new perspectives, resources, and supplies to achieve your objective. "I am a winner!" "I am unstoppable!" "I am resilient!"
5. Prod - Continue to incite yourself to action until the dream is achieved. Don't quit! If you do, you lose. If you press on, winning is worth all the blood, sweat, and tears. Just ask the band of the same name! ;) "Nothing can stop me from success!" "I deserve all the success in the world!"
In recovery from substance abuse, you can utilize this method to help you stay clean. Combine this with time-honored resources such as A.A/N.A., counselors, treatment centers, and other professional settings and you have a recipe for smoother sailing. The waters of life can be choppy but you can adapt and change with the shifting tides while staying dry in your boat as you float along one day at a time.
At The Coleman Institute, we always care about you! You are the most important person to us and it is a privilege to help you get clean and stay clean from drugs and alcohol. Should you find you need our services, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).